SAN DIEGO, CA, April 9, 2018– Executive search firm Toft Group has placed Paul R. Billings, M.D, Ph.D., as Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice-President of Medical Affairs at Natera, Inc. in San Carlos, CA.
Dr. Billings is a leading authority on genomics and diagnostics in medical practice and he will help lead Natera’s efforts across reproductive health, oncology, and new emerging businesses. Natera is a leader in non-invasive genetic testing and the analysis of circulating cell-free DNA (cfDNA).
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Billings join Natera,” said Matthew Rabinowitz, Ph.D., Natera’s CEO. “Paul’s vision and expertise in applied genetics and personalized medicine are rare in the industry, and his experience working with CMS, FDA, commercial payors, academic institutions and patient advocacy groups will help us demonstrate clinical utility and improve patient access to our products and services.”
“Paul is a highly experienced medical affairs leader, with the ability to drive growth and awareness for diagnostic tests and services. We anticipate he will add great value to the Natera team as they introduce new products and services to the market” said Robin Toft, CEO of Toft Group Executive Search.
Dr. Billings is a board-certified internist and clinical geneticist with more than 30 years of experience in genomics and molecular medicine. He is the author of nearly 200 publications on genomic medicine and has held academic and research appointments at Harvard University, UC San Francisco, Stanford University, and UC Berkeley. Prior to joining Natera, Dr. Billings was Chief Medical Officer of Life Technologies, Inc., and consulting CMO of the Genetic Sciences Division of Thermo Fisher Scientific. He previously was SVP and Senior Physician at Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings. He has served on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Food and Drug Administration, the Genomic Medicine Advisory Committee at the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the HHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genomics, Health and Society. His work formed the basis of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA).
About Toft Group Executive Search
Toft Group is a global executive search firm fully devoted to life sciences and healthcare, with a focus on innovation-driven companies working at the intersection of biotech and high tech. Toft Group’s targeted, accurate search process translates into exceptional return-on-investment for clients nationwide. The team’s extensive relationship network and diversity focus enables Toft Group to present more highly qualified and diverse candidates than clients would otherwise meet. Toft Group excels at quickly filling the hardest to hire leadership roles where talent is limited. The company has offices in the three major U.S. biotech hubs: San Francisco, San Diego, and Boston.
Natera is a global leader in cell-free DNA testing. The mission of the company is to transform the diagnosis and management of genetic diseases. Natera operates an ISO 13485-certified and CAP-accredited laboratory certified under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) in San Carlos, Calif. It offers a host of proprietary genetic testing services to inform physicians who care for pregnant women, researchers in cancer including biopharmaceutical companies, and genetic laboratories through its cloud-based software platform.